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Safety in Action Sydney 2014 will be featuring an excellent line-up of industry speakers to cover a wide range of topics related to workplace safety.

To be held September 2 – 4 this year at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park, Safety in Action Sydney is the region’s only event dedicated entirely to workplace health and safety.

Several seminars will be held across the three-day event with the jam-packed program featuring presentations by key industry decision-makers, ensuring the 4,000+ attendees will return informed, enlightened and privy to the very latest developments in research involving workplace safety.

Vice President of the Fair Work Commission, Joe Catanzariti will kick off the proceedings with his progress report on the bullying issue at the workplace. With the Fair Work Commission’s anti-bullying jurisdiction having commenced on January 1st this year, the Vice President will be discussing the Commission’s role in the broader context of dealing with bullying in the workplace.

Nick Arvanitis, the Senior Project Manager of beyondblue will talk about The Heads Up Initiative, which was developed in collaboration with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. This beyondblue initiative aims to provide practical guidance to individuals and businesses to create mentally healthy workplaces via a national marketing campaign, comprehensive website and engagement activities, and other key elements.

Arvanitis will then join a panel discussion, along with Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia Dr Jacquie Hutchinson and Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Siobhan Flores-Walsh, where the three industry leaders will propose the need for a broader definition of workplace bullying in order to adequately respond to the wide range of behaviours and situations that are reported as workplace bullying.

According to the Productivity Commission, workplace bullying costs Australian businesses between $6 billion and $36 billion annually, emphasising the importance of this panel discussion for industry members.

Workplace injuries will be the subject of discussion in the presentation by Terry Wong, General Manager of Move 4 Life who has been researching the strategies and practices employed by leading Australian companies to combat this problem and will be sharing his findings at the Safety in Action Sydney seminars.

For many businesses, the workplace extends to the road, with fleet drivers, delivery drivers and couriers forming a part of the team. Dr Sharon Newnam, a Researcher at Monash University will speak on the way safe driving behaviour is influenced by a complex system that draws from the characteristics of the organisation, the supervisors and individual drivers.

Newnam will join Matthew Jupp, Client & Risk Services Specialist for Vero Insurance, and Peter Sylvester, the Head of Group Safety and Wellbeing for NRMA in another panel discussion on safe driving. The three experts will examine the reasons why there is no national statistic on the number of work-related road traffic injuries involving light vehicles and the lack of light vehicle safety policies and practices in many organisations.

Safety in Action Sydney will also address the many unique challenges associated with health and safety within the building and construction industry, given such practices as subcontracting, working at heights and other key factors. The panel for Safety in Construction will include Alena Titterton, a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Laurice Temple, the CEO of the National Association of Women in Construction, Michelle Farley, the Director of SafetyJourney and David Solomon, the Senior WHS Officer for Master Builders NSW. The panellists will discuss the key safety issues facing the building industry and its NSW workers, identifying the best strategies to overcome and mitigate the risks involved.

Safety in Action Sydney is presented by the Safety Institute of Australia .

Co-located with Safety in Action Sydney is CleanScene presented by the National Cleaning Suppliers Association and featuring a number of exhibitors catering for cleaners, facility managers, government agencies and purchasing officers.

Attendance at Safety in Action Sydney is free.

What: Safety in Action Sydney

When: Tuesday 2 September 2014, 10am – 4pm; Wednesday 3 September 2014, 9am - 4pm; Thursday 4 September 2014, 9am - 4pm

Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

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